David Bacon: Can the Triquis Go Home?

January 25, 2012
  The high cost of migration.

William Astore: Confessions of a Recovering Weapons Addict

January 24, 2012
  Today we’re playing a new tune: what’s good for Lockheed Martin or Boeing or [insert major-defense-contractor-of-your-choice here] is good for America.

Søren Schmidt: The Struggle for Freedom and Democracy in Syria

January 24, 2012
  Otto von Bismarck is said to have remarked that the wise statesman listens to the footsteps of history. It seems that Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, has a different theory.

Russ Baker: The Deaths of JFK, RFK—and the Silence of the Lambs

January 23, 2012
  Plenty of new “JFK assassination” material coming down the pike for you avid consumers. Too bad it’s mostly garbage. When exactly did courage and truth-seeking go out of fashion?

Carole Joffe: Gone too Far?

January 23, 2012
  Reproductive politics in the time of Obama.

Robert Reich: The State of Our Disunion

January 23, 2012
  Why the government allows itself to be overwhelmed by corporate money.

Ellen Cantarow: Shale-Shocked

January 23, 2012
  Fracking gets its own Occupy movement.

Hari Kunzru: Reading The Satanic Verses in Jaipur

January 22, 2012
  Why the novelist read from Salman Rushdie’s banned book The Satanic Verses to mark his protest against the cancellation of Rushdie’s visit to the Jaipur Literature Festival.

January 20, 2012—Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens for Legitimate Government

January 20, 2012
  Breaking news from the multi-partisan activist group.

Joanna Eede: Reported Killing of Uncontacted Awá Tribe Child

January 20, 2012
  “Evidence of attack” discovered where Indian child was reportedly “burned alive.”

Karen Charman: Fukushima: Why We Should (Still) Be Worried

January 20, 2012
  If you thought you didn’t need to pay attention any more to the Fukushima nuclear disaster, well, you’d be wrong. The Japanese government isn’t necessarily taking the right steps.

Chase Madar: Blood on Whose Hands?

January 19, 2012
  Bradley Manning, Washington, and accusing WikiLeaks of murder.

Robert Reich: The Romney Tax Loophole

January 19, 2012
  Don’t call it the Romney tax, as Newt wants to do. Call it the Romney tax loophole. And let him explain why he thinks it’s justified.

Roslyn Bernstein: In the Land of Double Letters: Artists’ Housing and Studios in Scandinavia

January 18, 2012
  Whatever their living and studio situation, the goal of most artists is to have their work shown.

Conversations With History: Israel’s Bargain with the Bomb

January 18, 2012
  Author Avner Cohen discusses his latest book, explicates Israel’s nuclear doctrine of amimut, and analyzes the threat posed to Israel if Iran succeeds in acquiring nuclear weapons.

David Morris: How Obama Can Guarantee a Second Term

January 18, 2012
  Stand in the doorway of a post office scheduled for closing and declare “Not on my watch.”

Robert Reich: Free Enterprise on Trial

January 17, 2012
  The higher you go in the economy, the easier it is to make money without taking any personal financial risk at all.

Pepe Escobar: The Myth of “Isolated” Iran

January 17, 2012
  Following the money in the Iran crisis.

Writers Bloc Event

January 17, 2012
  Event at the Free Word Lecture Theatre featured Kamila Shamsie, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and our own Michael Archer.

Carmen García Durazo: The Counterpoint of Change

January 17, 2012
  The Writers Bloc essays don’t have to have a direct affect on policy or pedagogy to be meaningful.

Tahmima Anam: Bangladesh

January 17, 2012
  In this piece from our Writers Bloc project, our collection of essays about education systems around the world, Tahmima Anam explores madrasas in Bangladesh.

Zukiswa Wanner: South Africa

January 17, 2012
  In this piece from our Writers Bloc project, our collection of essays about education systems around the world, Zukiswa Wanner explores the politics of South African education.

Petina Gappah: Zimbabwe

January 17, 2012
  In this piece from our Writers Bloc project, our collection of essays about education systems around the world, Petina Gappah revisits her childhood schools in Zimbabwe.

Hardeep Singh Kohli: India

January 17, 2012
  In this piece from our Writers Bloc project, our collection of essays about education systems around the world, Hardeep Singh Kohli travels back to his hometown in the Punjab.

Nick Laird: Nepal

January 17, 2012
  In this piece from our Writers Bloc project, our collection of essays about education systems around the world, Nick Laird explores education in Maoist-controlled Nepal.

Rachel Holmes: Palestine

January 16, 2012
  In this piece from our Writers Bloc project, our collection of essays about education systems around the world, Rachel Holmes inflames imaginations with the Palestine Writing Workshop.

Nick Turse: The Crash and Burn Future of Robot Warfare

January 16, 2012
  What 70 downed drones tell us about the new American way of war.

January 13, 2012—Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens for Legitimate Government

January 13, 2012
  Breaking news from the multi-partisan activist group.

Fred Pearce: Can “Climate-Smart” Agriculture Help Both Africa and the Planet?

January 13, 2012
  What carbon-conscious, “climate-smart” agriculture could mean for some of the world’s poorest farmers.

Nathalie Handal: Haiti

January 13, 2012
  In the first piece in our Writers Bloc project, our collection of essays about education systems around the world, writer Nathalie Handal visits Haiti a year after its devastating earthquake.

Joshua Dratel: A Loaded Gun

January 12, 2012
  Why the NDAA will substantially reduce, if not eliminate altogether, international cooperation with respect to counter-terrorism.

Justin Alvarez: Haiti: Tents Beyond Tents

January 12, 2012
  On the second anniversary of the Haiti earthquake, a comics journalism project highlights the devastated country that is still recovering.

Anthony Cuthbertson: Syria’s Torture Machine

January 12, 2012
  British documentary offers cause for concern in more ways than one.

Carmen García Durazo: Posthuman at Last: Chaos and Cunning in Jay Scheib’s World of Wires

January 12, 2012
  Are you living in a computer simulation? Jay Scheib’s recent work, World of Wires, may have the answer.

Christina Chauvenet: The Unconquered: In Search of the Amazon’s Last Uncontacted Tribes

January 12, 2012
  Scott Wallace’s new book, The Unconquered, provides insight into the unknown world of isolated tribes in the Amazon.

Tom Engelhardt: Superpower Adrift in an Alien World

January 12, 2012
  It’s time for us to realize that none of the crucial problems on this planet are amenable to military solutions, not even by a country willing to pour its treasure into previously unheard of national security expenditures.

Mallika Kaur: Women and Exclusionary Development

January 11, 2012
  Recent protests by Punjabi farmers against the Gobindpura land acquisition and spirited participation by women in these protests illustrate that “women’s issues” are not limited to practices that only impact them.

Chris Lombardi: No Art by Committee

January 11, 2012
  The power of Jane Hammond’s Fallen lies in its simplicity. Let’s not clutter it.

John Sevigny: The Center of Our Loss

January 11, 2012
  What Hammond’s Fallen says about American soldier-centered mourning.

Philip Warburg: Wind Power: America’s New Harvest

January 11, 2012
  Unlike the battering that U.S. solar equipment producers have suffered at the hands of Chinese and other Asian competitors, America is well on its way to building a robust domestic manufacturing platform for wind.

Russ Baker: An Open Letter to NYT Staffers: Leave the Plantation and Join Us

January 11, 2012
  A response to the recent wave of NYT insurrection.

Juan Cole: Ahmadinejad in Latin America

January 11, 2012
  A combination of anti-imperialism, a desire for independence from the U.S., and Iran’s oil wealth is giving Tehran a continued opening in Nicaragua, Cuba, Venezuela and Ecuador.

Mark Dowie: What’s A Park For?

January 10, 2012
  The battle over whether or not to allow the cultivation of oysters inside a California national park.

Lex Paulson: Applied Classics: How Pythagoras Explains Ron Paul

January 10, 2012
  When a movement is more important than a win.

Joanna Eede: “Human Safaris” Exposed in the Andaman Islands

January 10, 2012
  The Observer fights back against exploitation of India’s island Jarawa tribe.

Michael T. Klare: Danger Waters

January 10, 2012
  When the U.S. faces a problem in the world—say, keeping the energy flowing on this planet—the first thing that’s done is to militarize the problem. It’s the only way Washington now knows how to think.

Robert Reich: How a Little Bit of Good Economic News Can Be Bad for the President

January 10, 2012
  Don’t expect the unemployment rate to stay down

Lorraine Adams: Obligation or Wisdom?

January 9, 2012
  The Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist weighs in on our debate over criticism and Jane Hammond’s Fallen.

Legacy Russell: This Is Just to Say: Challenging Jane Hammond’s Fallen

January 9, 2012
  Accepting artwork is not the job of the critic, just like accepting the world around one is not the job of the artist.

Robin Yassin-Kassab: Out of It

January 9, 2012
  A heart-lurching debut novel from an up-and-coming British Palestinian writer.

Anthony Kammer: America’s Libertarian Pendulum

January 9, 2012
  The return of libertarianism shouldn’t shock you.

Juan Cole: Turkey Warns Against Sunni-Shiite Civil War

January 9, 2012
  Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu’s general emphasis on tamping down tensions couldn’t be more essential.

January 8, 2012—Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens for Legitimate Government

January 8, 2012
  Breaking news from the multi-partisan activist group.

Spencer Mandel: The Cradle of Conflagration: The End (and Beginning) of the War for Iraq

January 6, 2012
  Have all our expenditures in blood and money bought a more stable society in Iraq?

Mixtape for a New Year

January 6, 2012
  Music to kick off 2012 just right.

Katie Ryder: “And will you be taking the ACD?”

January 5, 2012
  A writer reflects on her arrest at Occupy Wall Street’s protest near Times Square on October 15th.

Rebecca Bates: I Ran Away From Home and All I Got Was This Lousy Deportation

January 5, 2012
  A Dallas teen missing since 2010 turns up in Colombia, where she was deported after a mistaken identity.

Bill McKibben: Armed With Naïvete

January 5, 2012
  Why it’s time to stop being cynical and start getting angry.

Jillian Steinhauer: In Defense of Jane Hammond’s Fallen

January 5, 2012
  A good critic doesn’t tell the artist what they ought to have done.

Jay Walljasper: 12 Reasons You’ll Be Hearing More About the Commons in 2012

January 5, 2012
  We Power stands at the convergence of economic and cultural trends.

Robert Reich: The Decline of the Public Good

January 5, 2012
  Even Margaret Thatcher would be appalled by the privatization of American society.

Jonathan M. Ladd: Why Is Everyone Mad at the Mainstream Media?

January 4, 2012
  When and why did Americans stop trusting the media? Jonathan M. Ladd offers some ideas in his new book.

Juan Cole: Will His New Sanctions on Iran Cost Obama the Presidency?

January 4, 2012
  The Obama administration is imposing new penalties against Iran, but is the U.S. playing with fire?

Tom Engelhardt: Lessons from Lost Wars in 2012

January 3, 2012
  Over the last decade, the U.S. has been taught a repetitive lesson when it comes to ground wars on the Eurasian mainland: don’t launch them.

Russ Baker: Iowa: Watch!… Watch!… Watch!… Why are you Watching?

January 3, 2012
  Deconstructing conventional media and the 2012 horserace.

Suggested Admission

January 1, 2012

Is the dearth of world-class museums in India part of the tragic legacy of empire?